torbreck, the factor, barossa valley 2016
Dark fruit with iodine, muscle shell and hints of coal on the palate. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with steely tannins that give incredible length and poise. The greatest Factor I have ever tasted. Driven and brilliant.
Expressive and detailed, with dark chocolate, Earl Grey tea and sandalwood accents to the core of plum compote and blackberry fruit. The flavors and tannins are dense and compact, adding an appealing toothsome quality and showing promise for the cellar. Drink now through 2040.
The year 2016 was one for dense, powerful and broadly textured reds in Barossa, and this wine delivers all of the above. Ripe plum and blackberry fruit are swathed in chocolaty, slightly charred veg oak notes. Black olives and earthy, peppery spices sit in the back seat. The palate achieves the classic Torbreck mouthfeel: rich, round, satiny and highly polished with a blanket of oak tucked into plush fruit. Big red lovers could drink this now with protein in front of a crackling fire, but cellaring will reap rewards. Drink 2023–2035.